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February 2, 2016

Google Testing Solar-Powered Drones For Internet Delivery

Secret Project May be Key in Expansion of Wireless 5G Networks

Delivering Internet from the air seems to be an obsession with Google.

OGB-INSIDER-BLOGS-GoogleLogox2-AnimatedThe company’s Project Loon focuses on using weather balloons launched in strategic locations to provide Internet signals to those below. The project has proven to be a success and, likely, has played a role in the company’s latest airborne idea.

A report by The Guardian explains how Google is testing solar-powered drones in the New Mexico desert. Those drones, reportedly, could serve as conduits for high-speed Internet signals from the sky.

The information regarding the project, which operates under the title SkyBender, was all discovered in documents the newspaper obtained through public records laws.

Google is housing the project in a massive hangar in New Mexico which is unused by the Virgin Galactic team. The location even features a flight control center created by Google to assist with the secret project.

As 9to5Google reports, the drones would transmit millimeter-wave radio transmissions technology. That technology is believed to be a vital piece in the expansion of 5G wireless access. The waves can travel faster resulting in higher speeds of Internet.

It’s no surprise Google has made no public comment on the project.


W. Brice McVicar is a staff writer for SiteProNews.